Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Professor

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At Emory Since: 2002



Ph.D., Brandeis University


Co-Director, Emory Disability Studies Initiative


Staring: How We Look

Re-Presenting Disability


 Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature


Disability Studies



Rosemarie Garland-Thomson

Rosemarie Garland-Thomson is a disability justice and culture thought leader, bioethicist, teacher, and humanities scholar. Her 2016 editorial, “Becoming Disabled,” was the inauguralarticle in the ongoing weekly series in the New York Times about disability by people living with disabilities. She is a professor of English and bioethics at Emory University, where she teaches disability studies, bioethics, American literature and culture, and feminist theory. Her work develops the field of critical disability studies in the health humanities to bring forward disability access, inclusion, and identity to a broad range of institutions and communities. She is co-editor of About Us: Essays from the New York Times about Disability by People with Disabilities (forthcoming) and the author of Staring: How We Look and several other books. Her current project is Embracing Our Humanity: A Bioethics of Disability and Health.


About Us: Essays from the Disability Series of New York Times. (Co-editor with Peter Catapano.) Liveright, 2019.

Staring: How We Look. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2009. 

Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature. New York: Columbia University Press, 1997.

Re-Presenting Disability: Agency and Activism in the Museum. (Co-editor with Richard Sandell and Jocelyn Dodd.) London and New York: Routledge, 2010.

Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities. (Co-editor with Sharon Snyder and Brenda Brueggemann.) Modern Language Association Press, 2002.

Freakery: Cultural Spectacles of the Extraordinary Body. (Editor.) New York University Press, 1996.

Recent and Selected Articles and Public Scholarship:

“Becoming Disabled” is the first article in a new New York Times series on disability by people with disabilities.

 From Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC):

 "A Habitable World: Harriet McBryde Johnson's `Case for My Life,'" Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy. Forthcoming.

 "Eugenic World-Building and the Problem of Disability: The Strange World of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go." Journal of Medical Humanities. Forthcoming.   

 "The Future of Disability: Feminist, Queer, Crip." Women's Review of Books 54, 5 (2014): 11-13.

 "Disability Studies: A Field Emerged." American Quarterly 65, 4 (2013): 915-26.

 "The Case for Conserving Disability." Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 9, 3 (2012): 339-55.

 "Misfits: A Feminist Materialist Disability Concept." Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 26, 3 (2011): 591-609.

 "Feminist Disability Studies: A Review Essay." Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 30, 2 (2005): 1557-87.

 "The Cultural Logic of Euthanasia: `Sad Fancyings' in Herman Melville's `Bartleby.'" American Literature 76, 4 (2004): 777-806.

 "Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory." National Women's Studies Association Journal 14, 2 (2002): 1-32.